February is traditionally the time of year when people get the blues. Not only does it feel like winter may never end but we’re starting to recuperate from indulging over the holidays and shorter days lend to lower energy levels. That makes it no surprise then that this is also about the time of year when people start to fall off track with their goals and New Years Resolutions. Studies show that just 25% of people stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days! Why? People often get discouraged by lack of immediate results, they get distracted, they might not believe in themselves enough or, in some cases, it’s just a lack of discipline to see things through to the end.

Tracking your goals from start to finish is the best way to ensure you are part of that 25%- and that that 25% continues to increase! Tracking is a way to see what is a reality so you can adjust your goals as needed, review what you have accomplished and, more importantly, celebrate the small victories. Tracking helps to keep you motivated, too. If you can see your consistency day after day or week after week for a period of time, you are more likely to continue doing it.

So, what does tracking your goals entail? There are actually plenty of useful tools at your disposal that can help you stay on track, adjust, and achieve your goals- it’s all about finding what works best for you!

Journaling

Writing things down is the first step in realizing and achieving your goals. There is something about putting your goals in writing that creates a sense of accountability. And what’s crazy: the vast majority of people DON’T have their goals written down!

In journaling about your progress, it helps you be more realistic. It gives you the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments and reflect on any slip-ups. You can focus not just on what you’ve done but how you’ve felt, what these changes mean for your esteem, your community, or other bigger picture items. It’s also a good way to release any frustrations and move on toward completing your goal!

Bullet Journaling

Similar to journaling, bullet journaling is an analog way of tracking and maintaining your tasks for a given time frame and your goals. It’s also a great way to be artsy and explore your own creativity. Bullet journals are totally customizable. You can track your goals, your feelings, your day-to-day activities- anything! A quick Google search will give you loads of bullet journal inspiration to get started.

Visualize

Making your goal something you can look at on a regular basis means you’ll be constantly reminded of it. You can do this by creating a vision board, scrapbooking your progress, or using meditation to help yourself visualize not only the completion of your goal but what steps you will need to take to get there. This also helps to remind you why you are doing what you’re doing and what the pay off is once you get there.

Kanban

This is actually a common process used by software companies to track and monitor the progress of daily or weekly tasks BUT the same principles can be applied to tracking goals. It’s simple enough! You write down tasks that you want to do and sort them into columns depending on what stage of “doneness” they are in.

By moving things through your Kanban steps it becomes so much easier to visualize what you’re doing right now, what you’ve accomplished, and what you still have to do.

It’s important to also remember that even when you write things down, visualize, journal, etc. nothing is set in stone. Part of tracking and reflecting on your goals is recognizing if something isn’t sitting right with you. Perhaps the goal you set isn’t as realistic as you anticipated and you need to adjust your timeline. Perhaps your goal really isn’t as important to you as you thought- or perhaps on your journey, something else becomes more important. All of that is okay! The beauty of reflection is really digging deep to determine what is working for you and what isn’t and investing more of your time and focus on your overall improvement.

Not sure what goals you want to set? Start with us and our EPIC Life Assessment. This will give you a good idea of where you are now so you can better determine where you want to go.